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When animals die out, the last survivor is called an "Endling". It is a word of soft beauty, heartbreaking solitude, and chilling finality.
Endling is inspired by an Atlantic article about a scientist in Hawaii who has dedicated his entire life to taking care of the last surviving Achatinella apexfulva snail. What initially seems like an absurd, zany profile piece quickly became a wistful exploration of what it means to be the last of your kind. As an only child myself, I wanted to explore the thin line between tragedy and comedy. We are all endlings in our own way.
Present stage of this work: Nearly final version